Salim lauds team after spirited fightback against Sony

Tyson Otieno (R) and Salim Chacha vie for the ball in Mathare United's 3-2 win over Sony Sugar on November 10 2019

We made it back to back wins for the first time this season on Sunday as we fought off a spirited fightback from Sony Sugar to claim a 3-2 win in Awendo and head coach Salim Ali has praised his charges for their never wavering attitude at the Green Stadium.

“The boys were magnificent yesterday in their attitude to never give up and kept fighting for the win until the final minute and I am honesty proud of their resilience,” a visibly pleased Salim said.

Goals

In humid temperatures in Awendo in the 12PM kickoff, Chris Oduor, Daniel Otieno and Klinsman Omulanga would score in an explosive second half that saw all five goals with the Millers getting their goals through Samuel Onyango and Salim Chacha.

Omulanga’s winner would come in the 91st minute after it looked like we were going to share the spoils for the sixth time this season.

“It is the first time we are winning back to back and the manner in which we have done it shows the hunger within the squad.

Defence

“I was not however particularly impressed with our defence but overall in general it was a good performance from the boys and I do understand that the fact we have played three games in the space of 10 days can have a toll on the players.”

Salim also touched on the upcoming international break which he feels brings with it both positives and negatives for his team.

“We take an almost two week break from now and on one side I am happy because it will give the lads some time off to rest and for me to go back to the drawing board and iron out some details. But on the other hand it halts the momentum as we are in a good place. But all in all it is in the nature of the game,” he said.

Up next

Yesterday’s win lifted United to 4th on the KPL log with 17 points, tied with two other teams and just a point adrift of top spot.

Up next in round 10 is a home tie against Sofapaka at Kasarani on November 20.